A Kentucky man is facing murder charges for allegedly watching his mother’s suicide and failing to call for help for days after her death.
Days after Sheila Wisecup, 54, was found dead in an apartment bedroom on October 21, Jeffrey Wisecup, 27, reportedly told police that his mother wanted to die and that he witnessed her swallow a variety of pills and inject herself with multiple insulin pens. He said he then saw his mother seizing on the kitchen floor and dragged her into her bed, according to WKYT.
Jeffrey reportedly found his mother dead the next morning in her bedroom with foam around her mouth. He allegedly waited five days before reporting her death, making a trip to the liquor store and going to work at least once during that time, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. At one point, he allegedly opened the windows to disperse the odor emitted by his mother’s decomposing corpse.
Court documents obtained by the outlet stated that Jeffrey “admitted that he should have called emergency services and that she may still be alive today if he had.” The Winchester Sun reported that he only called police after speaking with his brother.
Winchester Police Captain James Hall said those investigating the death have no clear “indications it was a suicide other than [Jeffrey Wisecup’s] statement.” Hall noted that detectives said they didn’t recover a note from the apartment, and that authorities confirmed Sheila Wisecup was diabetic.
Though the circumstances of Sheila Wisecup’s death remain unclear, police charged her son with her murder on allegations that he exhibited “wanton conduct” and put his mother in “grave risk of death” by not calling for help as she began her purported suicide attempt, according to the Herald Leader.
Hall said Sheila’s body showed no signs of trauma or physical abuse. The Sun reported that autopsy and toxicology results are currently pending.
Jeffrey was booked into jail on Friday, where he is reportedly being held without bond.
[Featured image: Jeffrey Wisecup/Clark County Detention Center]